RYDERS CREED / BAD LLAMA / JUNIPER WOLF / SILVERCHILD - Redrum, Stafford 18.08.18

LINDSAY SMITH-BOAM
(PHOTOCREDITS: LINDZRS MEDIA-PHOTOGRAPHY)

Another fabulous night of music beckoned at the Redrum. With so many great bands currently on the road, this is getting to be a regular haunt for me, great sound, fabulous staff and always a great crowd of like-minded individuals, out to appreciate good music.

 

Opening the evening was SILVERCHILD from Stoke-On-Trent, a four-piece that certainly kicked ass with some hard riffs and serious attitude. Fronted by Alex Hiley who stalked around the limited space on the stage, enhancing the attitude coming through the vocal. Guitarist Vic Jepson stands out with some nimble noodling and calm precise riffs. The rhythm section was headed up by Tom Bevan on drums playing his last gig with the band and Max Ryles laying down the low lines.

A short set of 6 songs with the most memorable being ‘Dictator’ with some seriously sleazy riffs. With very few people in the room, the band did well to engage with those watching and performed as if the room was full.

 

https://www.facebook.com/silverchildband/

http://www.silverchild.co.uk/

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Late additions to the night was JUNIPER WOLF from Lichfield, another local band who packed a punch with their brand of hard and heavy rock. Outstanding guitar work and some catchy songs, Dean Oakley on vocals, Dean M on guitar, Kurt on Bass and Jason tucked away at the back of the stage almost in darkness but making some serious noise on his drum kit. Songs from their debut album ‘Love on Fire’ came across well in the live setting. Dean M on guitar grabbed my attention, his playing was fluid and the riffs seemed natural to him.

A good set enjoyed by the now filling room.  

 

https://www.facebook.com/JuniperWolfMusic/

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Next up in the now very warm and airless room, was alternative rock /metal band BAD LLAMA from Burton-upon-Trent. The energy ripped through the room as they began their set with ‘Hollow Thieves’. Guitar driven hard rock varying from death metal vocals, through to light and melodic, lyrically driven classic rock. I found it difficult to predict what was coming next but one thing was for sure Kyle Jordan can certainly sing. It was a loud and heavy set bar one lighter feeling song on which the tone of Jordan’s voice and melody running through was simply stunning.

 

The sweat was running off the band, hair flying along with the rampaging riffs, flooding the room with songs from their EP ‘Crooked Empire’ including ‘The Wolf You Feed’ and the fabulous ‘Polarize’ which sounded immense live. ‘Apocrypha’ was a challenge for me to be honest and that was only due to the distorted out of tune riffs which sound great on YouTube but was just too much in a live setting for me. I really think these guys were more than good and genre-less. I will be flooding my ears with their music, they belong on my playlist. At least one new fan gained tonight!

 

https://www.facebook.com/Badllamaofficial/

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With the kit swapped around and to cheers and applause, RYDERS CREED took to the stage. Ryan Hulme (vocals), Lee Spencer (guitar), Lee Gilbert (drums), Richard Clark (bass) and Myles Cooper (guitar) have had a whirlwind ride since they formed in May 2017 and exude a confidence through their music. Opening with ‘Ryder’, Hulme seems unable to stop smiling as he delivers his vocals effortlessly and perfectly. The onstage chemistry between the band is tangible and they interact easily with the crowd which has now packed the room to the rafters making things even hotter. By the end of the first song, sweat was dripping off the band as they launched into ‘On The Road’ and ‘Set You Free’.

The band are certainly tight, they seem to relish playing live with gritty riffs and serious seamless hooks, the sound balance is pretty spot on with the layers of music clearly audible, lying snuggly alongside the vocals (well done Mr sound man). I’m wondering how any of us are going to survive the heat but somehow we did, shirtless audience members (not me I hasten to add!) and eventually a shirtless singer, who seemed to embrace the stifling heat allowing it to fuel up the performance even more, especially for ‘Raise The Hoof’, raising it into the stratosphere where it exploded into wave upon wave of well written, well played, marvellous, melodic rock.

 

It is a short set, 9 songs only, but 9 very good songs from their self-titled debut album, loads of riffs, banging drums including a nice solo and loads of boom from the bass. You cannot fault the musicianship, nor the vocals. The songs are catchy, lyrically strong and flood the ears with tunes that reverberate and remain in your head.

The alcohol had been flowing and a few started to mosh, a first for me at the Redrum, there isn’t room to mosh... a few shoves and knocks and Hulme controlled things brilliantly intentionally or not – getting off the low stage and into the crowd which calmed things down instantly. Well done Ryan, a true professional helping everyone to enjoy the night.
 

Check the band out on their website and social media.

 

https://www.ryderscreed.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/RydersCreed/
 

All the bands took the time to come over to their merch stands and chat, signing autographs and thanking people for bothering to come out and support them. When a night of music is this good, it really is no bother, just a pleasure.
 

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